Railroad car manufacturer lays off 60 in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A company that makes railroad cars in Wilmington is laying off about 60 workers as it switches over from making hopper cars that carry sand to making freight cars.

Local media outlets report that Vertex Railcar Corp., which employs 300 workers, announced the layoffs on Friday.

Company general counsel Foster Sayers said that with depressed oil prices and a delay in new oil fracking activity there is less demand for the sand hopper cars.

The company says that the workers were laid off and not retrained because they were no needed immediately for the switchover to freight cars. There is a possibility they will be rehired in the future.

The company finished its first 30 cars at the Wilmington plant back in December.